After a tough loss last week, John Ehret found itself back in the win column Friday night at Fontainebleau. Ehret scored early and often in a 34-8 nondistrict win at the Fontainebleau “Dawg Pound” in Mandeville.
The defense set the stage for Ehret (2-1), which had interceptions by Taris Shanell and Mike Divinty, and forced three fumbles (two of which the Patriots recovered). Ehret outgained Fontainebleau 353-121.
“The defense is going to carry us until we start clicking on all cylinders on offense,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “We tell them not to worry about the last game (a loss to Brother Martin); just worry about the next game. We never want to get too high or too low. We had a good week of practice. It showed today.”
Ehret dominated the first half, taking advantage of turnovers and showing a steady ground game and opportunistic defense.
The Patriots scored in the first two minutes when Johnanthan Lanasse recovered a fumble and raced 35 yards to the end zone. The PAT failed.
The second quarter was when Ehret put its offense and defense together. Dejon Harris rushed for a 23-yard touchdown with 11:13 to go in the half, and Byron James scored on a 1-yard run with 4:36 remaining. Juwan Leonard scored on a 13-yard run with under a minute remaining in the first half to put Ehret ahead 26-0.
Ehret outgained the host Bulldogs 244-71 in the first half. The Patriots totaled 117 rushing yards, and Ca’ron Baham was 4-of-9 for 97 yards. Three Ehret receivers had a catch of at least 30 yards in the decisive first half. Leonard rushed nine times for 52 yards and a score and also threw a 30-yard halfback pass that set up another Ehret touchdown.
Ehret didn’t waste any time adding to its lead in the second half and did so with a relatively conservative ground game. A five-play drive was capped by a 4-yard scoring run by James. A two-point conversion run by Shanell made the score 34-0.
Fontainebleau (2-1) cracked the scoreboard with 7:29 left in the third quarter when Brett Lewis recovered a fumble in the end zone. Austin Lambertson threw a pass to quarterback Hunt Thompson for the two-point scoring play, which brought the score to 34-8.
“Turnovers,” Fontainebleau coach Mike Materne said. “We couldn’t do anything right. Even when we tried an onside kick, they caught it in the air. ... It’s going to be tough for these kids to get over because it’s a loss. But like I told them, we have to focus on district now. We have a fair shot to do some good things as long as we play well. Tonight, we didn’t play well.”
Harris led Ehret with 101 yards on 18 carries.